- Last Updated: 3:19 PM, April 16, 2012
- Posted: 10:44 PM, April 15, 2012
The real “Titanic” took 2 1/2 hours to sink — but ABC needed three hours to send the ship to a watery grave.
The new TV version of “Titanic” was a disappointing flop in the ratings over the weekend, drawing fewer than 5 million viewers on its opening night.
In fact, the $16 million production was soundly beaten by a NASCAR race — the Samsung Mobile 500 in Ft. Worth, Texas — on Saturday.
The four-hour miniseries — the final hour aired last night — was written by Julian Fellowes, the writer of the highbrow soap series “Downton Abbey.”
But viewers seemed to have been put off by the story telling style of the series — jumping back and forth in time to tell the story of more than a dozen characters so that the ship actually hit the iceberg in each of the four hours.